Neighborhood Assistance

CCA’s Neighborhood Assistance program meets the immediate needs of families, seniors, and people with disabilities who live in our Hill neighborhood of New Haven.


Services: Food Pantry; Connecticut Energy Assistance Program application; Diversion Community Fuel Bank; notarizations; referrals; crisis management (fires, evictions, etc.)


Requirements: Recipients must be families (household with at least one child), seniors, or individuals with disabilities who reside in the Hill neighborhood (06519). There are some exceptions, so please see details below under each program.


History: Since the 1970s, CCA has provided more than 50,000 people with basic and emergency services, including food, clothing items, and referrals to other social service agencies. In 2001, CCA started to offer a "client choice" type of Food Pantry program to give recipients the feeling of shopping for food instead of handing out pre-made bags. CCA maintains a partnership with the Connecticut Food Bank, which ensures the Food Pantry is always available as needed.


As part of providing services to the Hill neighborhood, CCA also serves as an application site for Connecticut Energy Assistance Program and the Community Fuel Bank. CCA also provides assistance by helping people tap the resources available to them, making referrals to other agencies, intervening between individuals and bureaucracies, and helping people through periods of crisis, such as fires, evictions, and utility shut-offs. We also provide notarizing services.


Contact 203.777.7848


Food Pantry

Service is only available to families (households with at least one child), seniors, and individuals with disabilities who reside in the ZIP code of 06519. First-time food pantry recipients must bring a utility bill as proof of residence.


Food pantry services are provided by appointment only. Please call 203.777.7848 or come in person to make an appointment.


We accept walk-ins for emergencies or missed appointments on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. only.


Energy Assistance

This service is open to the general New Haven public, but by appointment only.


Please call 203.777.7848 or drop by our main office at 168 Davenport Avenue to make your appointment.


Diversion Services

CCA provides emergency services to help prevent families from moving into homeless shelters.


Families who need this support must go through 2-1-1. Please call 2-1-1 or visit for more information.


BlumShapiro Thanksgiving Food Basket Campaign

CCA collects donated turkeys and all the fixings for a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal and distributes them to families from low-income households.


Requirements: Recipients must be residents of the Hill (ZIP code 06519), and families (households with at least one child), seniors, or individuals with disabilities. All recipients are required to register beforehand. Registration dates will be announced around September of each year. Please call 203.777.7848 for more information.


History: For more than 35 years, Christian Community Action has been providing New Haven residents with free Thanksgiving food items. In 2015, with sponsorship and volunteer support from the accounting firm of BlumShapiro, as well as support from News 8 WTNH, The Connecticut Food Bank and dozens of businesses, churches, schools, civic organizations, and individuals, we collected and distributed bags of holiday-related food and turkeys to more than 2,200 families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Since the average size of the families we served was four people, we estimate more than 8,000 people, nearly 50 percent of them children, benefited from this initiative. Please join us each year to make sure people who are poor are able to enjoy a holiday meal with loved ones, just like the rest of us.